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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Finishing Line Press
Open Chapbook Competition
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee by October 31. All entries are considered for...
$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given three times yearly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation of more...
$18 Fiction $2,500 Publication 10/31/16
Hit & Run Press
William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication as a broadside by Hit & Run Press is given annually for a poem. Mary Ruefle will judge. Submit a poem between 12 to 30 lines with a $10 entry fee by November 15....

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Indiana Review
Fiction Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana...

$20 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/7/16
Los Angeles Review
Literary Prizes

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay. Julie Marie Wade will judge in poetry, Amy...

$20 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 10/1/16
Madison Review
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Malahat Review
Open Season Awards

Three prizes of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,160) each and publication in Malahat Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Sina Queyras will judge in...

$40 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/1/16
Measure Press
Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry is given annually for a sonnet. Rachel Hadas will judge. Submit a sonnet with a $3 entry fee by November 15. Send an SASE...

$3 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Mid-American Review
Poetry and Fiction Contests

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mid-American Review are given annually for a single poem and a short story. Submit up to three poems for the James Wright Poetry Award or a short...

$10 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Missouri Review
Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize

Three prizes of $5,000 each and publication in Missouri Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 8,500 words of prose...

$22 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $5,000 Publication 10/1/16
Narrative
30 Below Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30...

$24 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,500 Publication 11/9/16
National Poetry Review Press
Rousseau Prize for Literature

A prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press, in collaboration with Dream Horse Press, is given annually for a collection of poetry or flash fiction. Profits from entry fees are...

$32 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
New Rivers Press
Many Voices Project Competition

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by New Rivers Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by an emerging writer. Using the online submission...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Nightboat Books
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Nightboat Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Kazim Ali will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $28...

$28 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
North American Review
James Hearst Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in North American Review is given annually for a poem. Major Jackson will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry...

$20 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Omnidawn Publishing
Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction. Bradford Morrow will judge. Submit a manuscript of one or more stories...

$18 Fiction $1,000 Publication 10/17/16
Omnidawn Publishing
Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Omniverse, Omnidawn Publishing's online journal, will be given annually for a poem. The winner will also receive 50 copies of a letterpress broadside of the...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/17/16
PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Award For Fiction

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited to read at the Folger...

$0 Fiction $15,000 10/31/16
Persea Books
Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a first poetry collection by a woman who is a U.S. citizen or resident. The winner also receives a six-week, all-expenses-paid...
$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 10/31/16
Perugia Press
Poetry Prize
A prize of $1,000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second poetry collection by a woman. Submit a manuscript of 45 to 85 pages with a $26 entry fee by November 15. Send an...
$26 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/15/16
Poetry Society of the United Kingdom
National Poetry Competition

A prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,450) and publication on the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom's website is given annually for a poem. A second-place prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,580) and a...

$8 Poetry $6,450 Publication 10/31/16
Pulitzer Prizes
Prizes in Letters

Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers to honor books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year....

$50 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $10,000 10/1/16
Reed Magazine
Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a poem or group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
Reed Magazine
Gabriele Rico Challenge in Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,333 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a...

$15 Creative Nonfiction $1,333 Publication 11/1/16
Reed Magazine
John Steinbeck Fiction Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Reed Magazine is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 11/1/16
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